Cambridge Labour Group welcomes bedroom tax ruling

Cambridge City Labour, who run the City Council, ​have welcomed the Appeal Court ruling that the government's bedroom tax amounts to unlawful discrimination for some of those affected. Judges have ruled the controversial under-occupation measure unlawful in two cases today (Wednesday 27th January 2016) - those of a victim of severe domestic violence with a panic room and grandparents looking after a severely disabled child who needs overnight care in a specially adapted room.

Speaking for Labour councillors, ​Councillor ​Kevin ​Price​, the City's Executive Councillor for Housing,​ said: "We have continually said that this unfair measure hits the most vulnerable indiscriminately and that is why we have campaigned against it from its introduction in 2012. It does not save money and it does not free up homes but it does cause immense distress and hardship to those it affects. We will be checking to see if any of our tenants can benefit from this welcome ruling. If the government had any sense it would now simply scrap it. We intend to carry on highlighting its impact on tenants in Cambridge until they do."

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